What to Avoid in Sunscreens
Conventional sunscreens contain one or more of the three major ingredients listed below that are not good for our health.
Oxybenzone: Oxybenzone is linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, and organ system as well as developmental/reproductive toxicity.
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate): Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) is linked to biochemical or cellular level changes, cancer and organ system toxicity.
Added insect repellents: Added insect repellents can be irritating to the skin when the improper ingredients are used.
None of these ingredients are good for you or your health and it is best to use some form of safer sunscreen. In addition to these ingredients, you want to stay away from SPF above 50. That’s more of a marketing tool and not necessary, plus the ingredients to get more than SPF 50 have a tendency to hazardous. Also stay away from powders, since the SPF doesn’t really stick to your skin. Sprays are great, but you want to make sure the SPF is actually on your skin after spraying.
What to Look For in Sunscreens
When purchasing sunscreens look for ingredients like zinc oxide, avobenzone, and mexoryl SX, which are safe and effective to bounce or reflect the sun’s rays away from the skin!
Use creams, broad - spectrum protection, water-resistant, and SPF between 15 and 50. These SPFs will give you the protection you need without hurting your skin.
Some of my favorite sunscreens
There are three sunscreen brands that I like. They’re harmless, some claim to harmless, and they are effective.
Coola: Coola is a mineral and organic suncare brand that specializes in making safe sunscreen. They make suncreens in creams, tinted moisturizers, sprays, and so much more!
Josie Maran Cosmetics: I love Josie’s products and have been using them on and off for 11 years. Seriously, since Josie Maran began her company. She makes two SPF creams, one is a tinted moisturizer and the other is not. Both are SPF 47 and they include UVA/UVB protection and “unique blend of antioxidants, skin-soothers, and hydrators”
Beautycounter: Now I must fully disclaim that I’m a Beautycounter consultant and I love their mission to create safer, better beauty. Beautycounter creates sunscreen that uses Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which actually bounce or reflect off the sun's rays away from the skin! Their sunscreen is mineral based, which is also great for babies and kids.
Switch to Safer
If you haven’t joined the movement to switch to safer beauty, I invite you today to do so. There are many brands that are fighting to create safer and better beauty products for the whole family. Safer skincare and beauty is better for your health and the health of your family.
Make the Switch today!
“Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47.” Josie Maran Cosmetics, 2018, www.josiemarancosmetics.com/collections/bestsellers/products/argan-daily-moisturizer-spf-47-with-sunboost-atb.
“Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 – 6.7 Oz.” Beautycounter, 2018, www.beautycounter.com/product/countersun-mineral-sunscreen-lotion-spf-30.
“ EWG’s Guide to Safer Safer Sunscreens Sunscreens Be Safe in the Sun This Summer.” Environmental Working Group, July 2017, www.ewg.org/sunscreen.
“Our Story - Our Ethos - COOLA HQ.” COOLA Suncare, 2018, coolasuncare.com/pages/about.